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Mr. Lidington: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what was the date of application of the earliest application for naturalisation which is awaiting determination by his Department. 
Mrs. Roche [holding answer 29 January 2001]: The information in the form requested is not available and could be provided only at disproportionate cost. However, as at 31 December 2000, the Immigration and Nationality Directorate was starting consideration of applications for naturalisation made on 4 June 2000. There is a small number of cases older than this, where initial consideration is being given. Some cases received after 4 June have also been started. Applications for registration as a British citizen are started as they arrive.
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Mr. Simon Hughes: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how much additional funding in real terms has been allocated for employing Immigration and Nationality Directorate caseworkers in each of the last three years; what additional real terms funding is planned for the next three years; and if he will make a statement. 
(4) At 2000-01 level
Since November 1999 IND has recruited about 500 extra asylum decision makers and recruitment is continuing. The costs of those decision makers are met from the overall IND budget and not allocated separately.
(5) At 2000-01 level
Mr. Mike O'Brien: On 28 July 1999 I published my race equality employment targets for the recruitment, retention and career progression of minority ethnic staff within the Home Office and its service areas, that is, the police, the fire, the prison and the probation services.
The first annual report was published on 27 October 2000 and showed that the Home Office and its services are making good progress towards putting in place systems to deliver the sought outcomes by the end of the programme period.
Miss Widdecombe: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will provide a breakdown, both nationally and for each individual police force area in England and Wales, by major category of expenditure, of the (a) cost to date and (b) planned cost of the national police recruitment campaign. 
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Mr. Charles Clarke [holding answer 12 February 2001]: The first phase of the police recruitment campaign ran from September to November 2000. The second phase of the campaign is running now and will finish in mid-March 2001.
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Mr. Brake: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what action he plans to take following the agreement made at the Leeds Castle meeting of the Central Local Partnership concerning the review of emergency planning. 
Mr. Mike O'Brien: My right hon. Friend the Deputy Prime Minister proposed that the arrangements for emergency planning in England and Wales be reviewed and I have set up a Steering Group to take forward this review. It will identify strengths and weaknesses in the current arrangements for emergency planning; suggest ways in which the community preparedness for emergencies can be enhanced; consult widely with stakeholders and provide advice to Ministers on the result of the consultation.
Mr. John M. Taylor: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, pursuant to his answer of 23 January 2001, Official Report, column 565W, on Census 2001, what proportion of householders' questionnaire forms for the 1971 to 1991 census have been destroyed. 
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The twin principles of accountability of the Executive to Parliament and independent scrutiny by the Comptroller and Auditor General are enormously important to good government. Present arrangements have evolved gradually over the past century and it is valuable to have the benefit of Lord Sharman's views on how these arrangements should now be developed to best fit the 21st century.
Mr. John M. Taylor: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate he has made of the percentage change in the price of aggregates in Northern Ireland following the imposition of the aggregates levy; and if he will make a statement. 
Mr. Timms: Aggregates prices vary considerably according to mineral quality, local conditions, and the commercial decisions of individual firms. The flat rate aggregates levy will therefore have a variable percentage impact on aggregate prices.
Mr. John M. Taylor: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what he estimates the volume of Northern Ireland aggregate production lost to quarries in the Republic of Ireland will be as a result of the aggregates levy; and if he will make a statement. 
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Mr. Timms: The international competitiveness of the Northern Irish aggregates industry will not be affected by the levy as imported aggregate will be subject to the levy when commercially exploited in the same way as UK produced aggregate, and UK aggregate which is exported will be relieved.
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